German Chocolate Cake With Coconut Pecan Frosting

This cake is not for people watching their calories or fat!! But, boy is it good. The recipe came from the Kraft website, and from a recipe I found on the side of a bar of baking chocolate. I made this cake for my parent's birthdays and it was a big hit. Extremely rich, moist and decadent. For the birthdays, I splurged, and used 4 oz. of imported European dark chocolate that I got at Whole Foods, but the regular Bakers chocolate works wonderful as well. I, personally, am not a huge fan of coconut, but the people I made the cake for are. I used light coconut which has less fat and looks more finely shredded than regular shredded coconut. I also only used just about 2 cups instead of the full amount the recipe called for. Hope you enjoy!I made this for a special request from my sister for her birthday. I can't say it's the best german chocolate cake I tasted but it came out pretty good. I couldn't believe I made a cake like this from scratch, even the frosting. I baked the cake in a large 9 cake pan and torted it instead of baking in different pans which took about 20 mins longer to bake. I used the recipe exactly for the frosting and put it in the layers and the top. Then I made a batch of Kittencal's Chocolate Buttercream Frosting #89207 to ice the sides of the cake and decorate like in my picture. The Coconut Pecan frosting amount in the recipe turned out perfect for doing it this way. Everyone liked it because it wasn't too sweet. Definitley worth a try if you like german chocolate cake.I made this cake for my mother's birthday -- German Chocolate is her favorite (mine, too!). It was SO GOOD! Probably the best German Chocolate cake I've ever had! The steps to me seemed over-the-top, so I did this instead: -Beat sugar and butter together in an electric mixer (unless you're seriously buff :P ). -In a bowl in the microwave, melt 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. -Make some delicious strong coffee and add 1/2 cup to the melted chocolate chips (instead of water). -Back to the butter/sugar mixture -- add the eggs and keep the electric mixer going for a while to get them whipped in! -Now slowly add the flour, then the baking soda and salt. -Add the buttermilk and vanilla extract. -Slowly incorporate the chocolate and coffee mixture. -Set the electric mixer to a medium-high setting and let it go for a few minutes. I also made it in four 8-inch pans instead of three 9-inch pans, because that's all I had!OMG - baked this for my husband's birthday (GCC is his favorite) he rates this one a 10! Everybody at the party loved the cake - I did toast the coconut and the pecans before adding to the cooked frosting... YUM

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Ingredients

  • (4 ounce) packagesweet dark chocolate
  • 1⁄2  cup water
  • cups flour
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4  teaspoon salt
  • cup butter, softened
  • cups sugar
  • eggs, separated
  • cup buttermilk
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 3⁄4  cup butter
  • egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • (7 ounce) package shredded coconut (about 2-2/3 cups)
  • 1⁄2 cups chopped pecans

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